Appropriate Rates Of Pay For Musicians

From session musicians and live performances to teaching rates      25/10/21

Appropriate Rates Of Pay For Musicians


The Musicians Union has recently updated their 'Rates of Pay and Agreements' for musicians, setting what are appropriate rates of pay across a range of disciplines. It's a useful resource for those new to the professional music world and those who have been working for a long time without revising their fees. 

Musicians' Union is the UK trade union for all musicians representing over 30,000 members working right across the music industry. The Musicians' Union helps to set appropriate rates of pay across all areas of musicians' work, from session musicians and live performances to teaching rates. We also negotiate collective bargaining agreements with a wide range of employers to ensure that our members are properly treated and paid.

Here's an example taken from their teaching rates page:

Teaching rate 2021-2022: £36.00 per hour

This rate is for individual lessons or for small-group teaching. It can be adjusted pro rata for lessons shorter than one hour. Rates for whole-class or large-group teaching and ensemble direction can be negotiated up to reflect any additional preparation time.

Workshop leading rate 2021-2022: £208 per day

This rate is for delivering a workshop with a maximum length of five hours. It can be adjusted pro rata for workshops of less than five hours and increased to reflect additional preparation time and any equipment or resources provided by the workshop leader.

Schools concert rate 2021-2022: £89

This includes a rehearsal and a concert on the same day. It covers taking part in concerts as a performer, as well as working as a conductor or an accompanist.

Bear in mind these are set by the Musicians Union for the UK, and may not translate to all currencies and countries. You can become a member of the Musicians Union here: https://musiciansunion.org.uk/membership-benefits

 

 

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